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Actress Kathryn Kates Dies of Cancer at 73

American actress Kathryn Kates who gained recognition for her performance in Orange Is the New Black, Seinfeld, and Law & Order: SVU has died on 22nd January in Florida. The Veteran character actress was battling cancer. She was 73.

Headline Talent Agency, her representative has confirmed her death in a statement. The statement read, “Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we have grown much closer to her in this last year since she knew of her cancer returning. She was always incredibly brave and wise and approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed.”

Seinfeld star Kathryn Kates dies after a battle with Cancer

There was no clarity provided by the agency about the type of cancer Kates suffered from.

Bob McGowan, her manager wrote in an email, “My heart is broken, she was the best. The entire time she was sick, she never complained.”

Actress and model Elle Jones tweeted, “The incredible @kathrynjkates passed away. Kathryn Kates was someone I knew via my daughter having worked with her & we kept in touch. I greatly admired her work & she knew it. I told her many times and I’m glad I did – outspoken, true, caring, memorable actress in every part.”

Kates was born in the year 1949 in New York City. She was the second daughter of Louis Kates and Madlyn Cates. Kates started her career in Los Angeles.

She is one of the founding members of The Colony Theatre who produced award-winning stage productions in the next 25 years. She has worked in around 30 movies in her career spanning more than four decades.

Kates also acted in TV shows like Matlock and Thunder Alley in a guest appearance role in the early 1990s. She played the role of Mrs. Saperstein in Shades of Blue in 2016 and in the TV series, Orange Is the New Black she played Amy Kanter-Bloom, the mother of Jason Biggs’ Larry.

After the news of her death broke, fans and followers took to social media to pay their tributes and condolence messages.

One user tweeted, “This gorgeous heart. This incredible force. Broken heart Love you #KathrynKates.” Another user wrote, “I am so upset to hear about the passing of Kathryn Kates, an actress of tremendous empathy, vigor, and joy.”

Kathryn Kates won the Best Actress award at the NYCTV Festival for her role in the short film Welcome to Sarajevo.

She also got the Drama Logue Award under the best actress category for her role as Ruby in “Getting Out” in 1982. She played in many series like Lizzie McGuire, Pan Am, Judging Amy, Hudson Street, and others.

Kates is survived by her brother, Joshua – a psychotherapist, and sister, Mallory – an entrepreneur.

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